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October 25, 2016

Convention Space News: Convention Center Hotels in Marrakech and Boston

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New convention center hotels in Boston and Marrakech and a big renovation to the Las Vegas Convention Center top this week’s convention space news.

Deal Close on Boston Convention Center Hotel

The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts Port Authority could be close to a deal for a 1,000+-room convention center hotel in South Boston. While Governor Charlie Baker nixed plans to expand the convention center across Summer Street last year, a new potential deal sees Boston real estate developer Davis Cos. and Omni Hotels & Resorts emerging as the top bidder for the project. 

Exact project details were not disclosed, but the size of the property could exceed 1,000 rooms, making it among the largest hotels in the city. In a change from the 2015 plan, no public subsidy will reportedly be needed to build or operate the hotel. 

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Mövenpick Opens Convention Center Hotel in Marrakech

In Marrakech, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has opened the new Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech following a $100 million redevelopment. 

The 503-room luxury hotel has direct access to the Palais des Congrès Marrakech, and has already been confirmed as he host venue for several major global events, including COP22 and the Festival International de Film de Marrakech. The hotel also has a flexible function space of 5,600 square meters, including exhibition floor space of 2,700 square meters, a 1,700 square meter Royal Ballroom, two auditoriums with seating for up to 1,489 guests, 20 meeting rooms and outdoor event areas. 

All of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites have private balconies, and come in types ranging from family, business and executive rooms to 108 interconnecting rooms and additional suites housed in a newly built wing. For dining, there are five restaurants and a rooftop lounge bar, with each venue meant to represent a chapter of Sultan Al Mansour Eddahbi’s history – from fine Moroccan cuisine at Dahbi, barbecue feasts at Jamra Bar & Grill, and the caidal tent setting of Saray, to Mediterranean specialities at Medi Terra, light bites and products from Mövenpick Fine Foods at the Nozha Coffee Shop & Takeaway or evenings at the Manso Bar & Lounge on the rooftop.

The hotel’s Ô de Rose spa is under the direction of the Cinq Mondes brand, offering eight treatment cabins, hammams, a sauna, steam showers, Jacuzzi, nail studio and hair salon spread across two floors. Wellness experiences include purifying hammam rituals using traditional indigenous products such as argan oil, beldi black soap and rhassoul mud, and a Saadi ancestral ritual based on essential Draâ oils, which originate from the region where Mansour Eddahbi was born.

Visit www.movenpick.com/marrakech

Las Vegas to Renovate Convention Center

In convention center news, Nevada state legislators have voted to move forward with an expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center

Approved during a special legislative session, the $1.4 billion project will add 600,000 square feet of new meeting space to the Convention Center, funded by a 0.5 percentage point increase in Clark County’s room tax. In a statement announcing the project, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) said that the expansion to the Las Vegas Convention Center District would allow the city to pursue new business opportunities while also growing the shows currently taking place there. 

As part of the same legislative session, lawmakers also approved a $1.9 billion plan to build a 65,000 seat stadium that could house the University of Nevada, Las Vegas football team, as well as a potential professional football franchise and a variety of special events. Combined, the convention center expansion and stadium projects could create more than 14,000 jobs and an annual incremental economic impact of $1.43 billion, the LVCVA said. 

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24 Hour Rate at the Conference Center of Las Vegas

Also in Las Vegas, the Conference Center of Las Vegas has announced a $35,000, 24-hour rate for groups looking to book the 20,000 square foot facility. 

The price includes:

24 hours of access and 48 sleeping rooms.
24-hour security and 24-hour reception desk staff.
Access to 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
Continental breakfast for all overnight guests.
Scheduled shuttle service to any convention center or Strip location

Full catering menus and a list of state-of-the-art A/V services are available upon request.

To book, contact Catherine Price at [email protected]

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